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Trip guides and travel information for destinations in South America, Latin America, and Patagonia, including my essential packing list for South American travel, which is specifically written for female minimal-pack travelers.

Joining a Traditional Peruvian Pachamama Meal during a Machu Picchu Trip

[Images of people shown in this post were taken with enthusiastic consent and appropriate compensation. read more about why consent in travel blogging matters.] Far more memorable than my ascent to Machu Picchu or even my homestay on the floating islands of Lake Titicaca, was my opportunity to eat a Pachamama meal in Ollaytaytambo, Peru. …

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Visiting the Quechua weavers in Chinchero Peru

[Images of indigenous people shown in this post were taken with enthusiastic consent and appropriate compensation. Learn more about why this matters.] As I found myself traveling in Peru on the well-trodden path from Cusco to Machu Picchu, I found myself itching to escape the most well-trodden portion of the trip. Even though I designed …

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7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Stay in Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu has a reputation that looms larger than life. But somewhere in the shadow (literally!) 30 kilometers down the mountain is a ruin that may even be slightly older than Machu Picchu. While most travelers take the fastest route to Macchu Pichu and stay nearby Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is the city-equivalent of an …

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Packing List + 4 Tips for Visiting the Uros Village in Lake Titicaca

[Images of indigenous people shown in this post were taken with enthusiastic consent and appropriate compensation. Learn more.] Lake Titicaca Floating Islands Packing list: [In order to not avoid reinventing the wheel, this packing list assumes basic essentials typical for a Machu Pichu/Peru itinerary are already packed] Close-toed shoes or hiking boots (sharp-tipped reeds form …

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Guide to Traveling via Colectivos in Peru

If your primary exposure to South America has been TV and movies, you may think of South American transportation as being crowded, dirty, or chaotic.  In reality, bus travel in South America is a comfortable way to travel. Standard bus tickets for the many private companies that navigate from city to city provide a traveler with a …

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Easy Tips for Visiting Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier includes one of the most expensive admission fees for parks in Argentina- Los Glaciares– but I didn’t mind paying this fee at all when I discovered both the grandeur of this glacier and the investment the park has made in making this glacier accessible to all bodies. Perito Moreno Glacier features a …

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Can you Buy Tampons in South America? & Other Period-related Travel Questions

While pads are are easy to find in any drugstore or supermarket, some regions of South America are notoriously for being difficult places to locate tampons. Thanks to devastatingly effective marketing in the last century that painted tampons as a product that only promiscuous women would use, some South Americans- and especially many Chileans- tend …

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3 Months in South America Without a Yellow Fever Vaccine: An Itinerary

  I left for three months of digital nomading in South America in the middle of a global Yellow Fever vaccine shortage. When none of the health departments or travel clinics in Seattle had the yellow fever vaccine available, I had to set out on my South America trip unvaccinated. Not having a Yellow Fever …

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Visiting Cuevas de Anzota in Arica Chile – English Language Tourism Information

There (and Back!) + How I Got Stranded at A National Park in Chile In all my adventures, Cuevas de Anzota is the only place I have managed to get myself really, truly, stranded. After walking about a mile and a half back down the road from Cuevas de Anzota and getting no cell phone …

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5 Tips for Solo Travel to San Pedro De Atacama in Chile

Experiencing solo travel in San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile was a travel experience unlike any other. Although I’ve traveled extensively, the arid desert and moon-like landscape surrounding San Pedro de Atacama was truly unique. However, this otherworldly aesthetic wasn’t the strangest thing about vacationing as a solo traveler there. San Pedro de Atacama …

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